Senior counsels Kapil Sibal and Arvind Datar, appearing for some state associations and the Board of Control for Cricket in India, respectively, are understood to have declined suggesting the names of Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke to the Supreme Court.
The two names would, in addition to those of Amitabh Choudhary and Anirudh Chaudhry, specifically have been to represent India at the upcoming board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
"Both Sibal and Datar, one learns, refused to take the names of Thakur and Shirke, both of whom had been removed by the Supreme Court on January 2...
"Additionally, Thakur may even be prosecuted for perjury, which is a very serious charge...
"With that as the backdrop, how could either Sibal or Datar have taken those names? That too before a bench headed by the next CJI (Dipak Misra)," a top source of The Telegraph said on Monday evening.
While Sibal probably didn't get his brief directly from the Board, state associations are the backbone of the institution. Surely, one cannot be separated from the other.
Datar, of course, got his brief directly from the Board and the "instructions" would have been conveyed to him by the institution's standing counsel Abhinav Mukerji.
This Reporter has, by the way, gathered that Amitabh, the Board joint-secretary, sent a formal communication to Mukerji on Monday morning.
The communication basically made the point that the names of Thakur and Shirke "may" be proposed to the Supreme Court, following Sunday afternoon's conference call involving the Board's affiliates.
Amitabh's communication also confirmed this newspaper's story ('Srini declines on a day of surprises') by mentioning that Narayanswami Srinivasan had refused to be considered as a nominee for the ICC meeting. Srinivasan is both a former chairman of the ICC and president of the Board.
Clearly, Srinivasan anticipated problems and didn't play ball, but Thakur and Shirke thought differently. Nobody, however, seriously believes that the Supreme Court would have accepted Thakur and Shirke's names.
Courtesy: The Telegraph